The Nigerian Senate has called on JAMB to increase cut-off marks for students intending to study education courses at tertiary institutions in order to get the best brains into the teaching profession.
Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Akon Eyakenyi stated this while monitoring the ongoing National Personnel Audit by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
Dr Eyakenyi explained that the teaching profession should not be a dumping ground for students who fail to secure admission to other professions like medicines, Engineering and Law.
“Let teachers or teaching profession not be the dumping ground that where somebody fails elsewhere, you employ such a person to come and teach? When you fail in having quality teachers, the entire system will fail’’, Dr Eyakenyi said.
The Senator also expressed concern over the poor state of infrastructure in public schools with dilapidated buildings, and classrooms without chairs and stressed the need for more funding for education.
“A child cannot stay under a leaking roof to have effective learning. A teacher cannot stand to teach, they must be properly catered for”, he said.
The Senate Committee Vice Chairman said the essence of the monitoring is to; ensure that the number of teachers in each school was commensurate with the enrollment and most importantly, to ensure that the teachers are registered with the Teachers Registration Council.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Muzha Kucha